Zapraszamy do nadsyłania tekstów w języku angielskim i niemieckim do zbiorowej monografii, poświęconej tematyce naszych badań. Publikacja pod tytułem Mobile communication: From digital to post-digital era  ukaże się w roku 2018 w wydawnictwie Cambrigde Scholars.  Link do naszej planowanej publikacji: http://linguistlist.org/LL/fyi/browse-current-fyi.cfm

Call for papers for an edited volume:

Mobile communication: From digital to post-digital era

From the appearance of the first personal computer in 1980s there have been tremendous changes in different spheres of society’s functioning, starting from economy through science and ending up with culture as well as an individual’s life starting from work through education and ending up with entertainment. Media communication is not just an expression of an achieved state of development, but also an incredibly essential determinant of its future. New forms, behaviours and communication practices grounded in digital technologies, which are characterized by multimedia attention (media convergence), multimodality (directing a message towards the many senses) and multicodability (polysemioticity, the application of different signs and semiotic objects).  Digitalization of further data, information, texts and objects has taken place and it is still in progress and desktop computers are being substituted with mobile devices (portable ones such as laptops, notebooks, netbooks and touch screen devices) with common access to the Internet. Digital and real worlds co-exist. People live in a symbiosis with a computer, tablet or a smartphone, which slowly trespass the border of their freedom. Not so long ago media and digital technologies, labeled as new, became something obvious, often existing for a young user and integrated with contemporary culture. Digital media can be defined as programmable data files available only through expanded graphic interfaces and the digital data universe is accessible mainly through digital visual media of different types. We entered the new era imperceptibly – it is called the post-digital era where a technological and civilizational revolution has become the fact of life. This is a popular subject of interest among researchers representing various fields and disciplines who submit for a critical analysis the many phenomena related to digitalization. The effect of this reflection is some knowledge of theoretical nature, which can, on the other hand, take on the applicative character at the time when it serves as the grounds for developing an array of communication tools and educational services as well as specific didactic tools offered as applications for mobile devices.

The present volume is the first attempt to reflect upon the state of research into the application of the existing equipment based on digital media, with a particular consideration of mobile technologies in a communication and education reality. The digital media can be labelled today as programmable data sets available through extensive graphic interfaces. The digital data universe is, above all, achievable thanks to digital visual media of various nature.

The following thematic spectrum is to be proposed:

  • a description of behaviours and communication practices resulting from permanent contact with a laptop computer, tablet or smartphone, hence mobile communication (among others, due to the accumulation of information, selective and superficial reading, a new writing practice, the so-called writing by the way, accompanying the user all the time; the ability to receive multimodal and multicodable messages mainly through the visual channel);
  • the influence of habit in using electronic media on everyday lives, including the educational sphere in general (among others, dehumanizing of young peoples’ behaviours , unwillingness to natural communication with another person, i.e. another student , teacher or expert, etc.);
  • communication and education in the era of present and future technological solutions: communication/education using desktop computers vs. communication/education through mobile devices
  • directions of development of mobile communication in the future;
  • practical possibilities of using mobile devices and at the same time applications for mobile teaching and learning, including the process of learning foreign languages (using it in an optional place and time without the need for the prior preparation of materials by the learner);
  • optimalization of access to educational contexts through mobile applications;
  • specifying the criteria for didactic solutions which will fit into the new realia of mobile communication and the perpetual development of telecommunication technologies mainly with regards to the operational systems of mobile devices (as the easiest manner of application, a simple interface, a graphic design adjusted to a touch screen of small size);
  • developing theoretical frames in the field of glottodidactics as well as methodological and didactic conceptualization, which would guarantee effective use of mobile devices and didactic applications;
  • the development of fully autonomous applications (functioning independently of the existing educational frames);
  • the use of application for the development of multiple linguistic and communication abilities (not only for practising some habits in a communication act, e.g. in the field of lexical or structural development).

Chapters of up to 20,000 characters (approx. 12 pages) should be sent until 30 September 2017 to the following email address: mobile_communication@uw.edu.pl. The volume will be published with Cambridge Scholars in 2018.

On behalf of Research Center for Mobile Communication

/ProfessorEwaŻebrowska, PhD/

/Dr. Paweł Szerszeń, AssociateProfessor/

/Dr. Piotr Romanowski, Assistant Professor/